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French and Riviera News Tuesday 3rd July 2018

Local

Protest against plans for new prison - Elected officials of the commune of Drap and La Trinité in the Alpes Maritimes have started a petition against plans for a new prison in the area. The project was first talked about in 1996. French Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet had confirmed plans for the prison during a visit to Nice last Thursday.

Meanwhile the French government has pointed to possible security failings after a notorious gangster used a helicopter to stage his second jailbreak. The latest escape of Redoine Faid, who was serving a 25-year sentence for an armed robbery in which a policewoman was killed, has left French authorities red-faced. French Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet told French media on Monday that she had sent a team of inspectors to the jail "to see whether the security measures were defective so that we can rectify them". She suggested that leaving Faid in the same prison for "a few months" had been a mistake.

Poor working conditions on French Farms - The CGT union has hit out against current working conditions for those working in the farming industry in south-eastern France calling it “modern slavery”. The union has asked for action from the government claiming that those working on land in the region are more often than not from Morocco and Latin America and are being employed by Spanish employment agencies, who do no respect French labour laws - with many working 11 hour days in difficult conditions. Amongst those concerned are some of the largest vegetable farms in the Bouches-du-Rhône, the Vaucluse and the Var.

Eric Ciotti hits out against Macron - The Republican MP and deputy for the Alpes Maritimes region Eric Ciotti has described French President Emmanuel Macron as an "immature teenager". Ciotti launched the attack while speaking to French media on Monday. He went on accusing Macron of “playing with power” adding that “his election had given him a sense of too much power which he now abuses”.

Property - A new study shows Nice is the slowest city in France to sell property, taking up to 90 days from first advertising for sale, to handing over the keys. In Paris or Lyon the average is about half that at 41 days.

Weather - With extreme temperatures of up to 35° forecast for mid-July, the government has issued some safety advice, including staying out of the midday sun, and showering regularly as well as drinking lots of water. They said this is because when temperatures go over 32°, a fan does not act against the oppressive heat but actually accelerates dehydration.

National

Supermarkert suppliers to team up -  Tesco and Carrefour, Britain’s biggest grocer and Europe’s largest retailer, have teamed up to buy products for more than 19,000 stores – a move they claim will lead to greater choice and lower prices for customers. According to analysts the planned three-year alliance between the two retail powerhouses would squeeze suppliers further as the supermarket industry fights back against the rise of Amazon and discounters such as Aldi and Lidl.

Former French minister - Former French minister Jérôme Cahuzac is working in an isolated village of 1,700 inhabitants in Guyana. The former budget minister was sentenced on appeal in May 2018 for "tax fraud". A trained surgeon Cahuzac has reportedly been working since Monday, in a care center located in a remote village.

Business

A new study has suggested that diesel powered vehicles are expected to fall to just 5 percent of the EU car market by 2030.

The consulting firm AlixaPartners says that concerns over air quality and emissions standards have already hit sales and that the decline will accelerate.

Diesels’ share of the European car market has already fallen from 52 percent in 2015 to 45 percent last year but AlixPartners warns that the shift away to petrol models will make it harder for the EU to meet Carbon Dioxide emissions targets.

Diesel was promoted as being more environmentally friendly than petrol as part of EU efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and carbon dioxide in particular.

 

The British Chambers of Commerce has published a list of 23 “real world” questions that it says the government urgently needs to answer as the UK’s exit from the European Union approaches.

The BCC says that firms are “running out of patience” over the lack of progress in the Brexit talks and there are no clear signals about the future of crucial issues including customs,regulations,tariffs and VAT.

The questions on the list include whether goods will be subject to new procedures and delayed at border points. Whether checks on goods carried out in the UK will be recognised by the EU and whether firms will be allowed to transfer staff between the UK and EU as they currently do.

 

And-The US Chamber of Commerce has criticised President Trump’s handling of global trade disputes by publishing a report that argues that tariffs imposed by Washington and retaliation by partners will boomerang badly on the economy.

America’s largest trading group and a traditional ally of the Republican Party said that the White House is risking a global trade war in its efforts to protect US workers and industry through tariffs.

The report paints a gloomy picture of the economic damage that each US state could suffer from retaliation by America’s trading partners that could bring pressure on Mr Trump from Republicans ahead of the November Congressional Elections.

 

Sport

Football-Brazil and Belgium will play each other in the quarter finals of the World Cup after both coming through their round of 16 knockout games on Monday.

Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 in a slightly disjointed display that would seem to suggest that they’re not yet firing on all cylinders while Belgium came from 2-0 down to beat Japan 3-2 with a 94th minute winner from Nacer Chadli.

Today Sweden play Switzerland at 4pm and then England play Colombia at 8pm.

Tennis-Roger Federer started the defence of his Wimbledon title with a straight sets win over Dusan Lajovic on Centre Court.

The Swiss,who’ll be 37 in August was in imperious form as he came through 6-1 6-3 6-4 .He’ll now play either Lukas Lacko or Benjamin Bonzi.

In the women’s event Serena Williams reached the second round safely with a 7-5 6-3 win over Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands.

Cycling-Chris Froome says that he’s expecting “confrontation” out on the road after the sport’s governing body the UCI dropped his anti-doping case on Monday.

Froome is now free to compete in the Tour de France  but says that he’s expecting some negative reaction from fans supporting the race.

The four time Tour winner who’s 33 had been under investigation after more than the allowed level of the legal asthma drug Salbutamol was found in his urine sample.

Cricket-England play India in the first Twenty20 international at Old Trafford later today.

England are unbeaten so far this summer in one day and Twenty20 internationals.Play starts at 6.30 this evening.

Weather

Partially cloudy with light to moderate south westerly or variable winds.

Top temperatures 27-30 degrees.

Overnight lows of 22 degrees on the coast and 20 degrees inland with clear skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Fine in coastal areas- showers inland.Highs of 26-30 degrees.

 

 

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